Ordinations & Upcoming Events

Tom Sheffield, Presbytery Pastor

In March we celebrate three ordination anniversaries.
J. Bradley Wigger   Ordained on March 10, 1985 
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of his Ordination

Jim Reid   Ordained on March 17, 1985
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of his Ordination

Zach Hancock  Ordained on March 27, 2010
Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of his Ordination

May God continue to bless, strengthen and offer new visions for ministry to these colleagues.  

Many have asked about the Neshangwe Family in Zimbabwe.  The biggest news in their life now is the coming ordination to the ministry of Lydia on Saturday, March 28.  Lydia is serving as pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Bulawayo.  Paul continues as pastor of Makokoba Presbyterian Church in Bulawayo, chairing the Reformation and Visioning Committee and has recently been appointed as Administrator of the Presbytery of Zimbabwe. TC and Melusi are both thriving in their respective Bulawayo schools in both academics and athletics.  We know you will continue to pray for them.  

We also have been asked by Neil Berry to pray “that the Will of God in Christ be served in the world’s handling of the Iran situation.”    If you have other prayer requests, do not hesitate to be in touch with me so that I can share them with your colleagues in ministry.  

As you approach the coming Holy Week
             may you find renewal for your ministries, 
                          joy in your life, 
                             and hope for all
                                     in the Crucified and Risen Christ! 


Is New Beginnings Right for Your Congregation?  If you are wondering about that question, “Come and See” what this assessment and reflection process could offer.  Michael Whitman, Program Assistant in the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office for Transformation, will present critical information about New Beginnings at Wellshire Church on Wednesday, March 18 at 9:30 (coffee is available beginning at 9:00 a.m.). You will also hear how Council’s Long Term Initiatives Work Group will support the congregations and the pastors in this process.  Please note:  RSVP by March 16 to Chuck Sparks at csparks@wpcdenver.org.  

Our Next Presbytery Assembly on March 24 will meet at Good Shepherd Church in Northglenn. The pre-assembly event, beginning at 3:00 p.m., will welcome the Rev. Cynthia Holder Rich from the General Assembly Committee to Study The Confession of Belhar and who will present insights about the Confession.  Later in the Assembly the Presbytery will be asked to vote on whether the Confession should be included in the Church’s Book of Confessions.  In the 6:00 p.m. meeting in the sanctuary, we also will be installing the Rev. Cathy Ulrich as our Interim Stated Clerk and celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the service of worship; recognizing the retirements of four ministers; receiving further information about policies from the Committee on Preparation for Ministry; hearing a report from Ben Blake of the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program; and receiving reports from Highlands Joint Committee, Commissioners to the Synod of the Rocky Mountains and the Partnership of Zimbabwe and Denver Presbyteries Committee.  Dinner will be served in Shepherds Hall beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Remember, too, that our May Assembly is May 26, the day after Memorial Day and will be held at the Presbytery Center.

Interim Ministry Training will be held from April 20 -24 at Highlands.  Both Weeks I and II are being offered by MALT again this year.  You can register by contacting the Synod of Lincoln Trails via their website or calling 800-566-5996.

The 2015 Summer Pastors’ School, sponsored by the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation, will be held June 7 – 13 at Hastings College in Hastings, NE.  This outstanding event offers renowned leaders and incomparable hospitality all at minimal cost.  For more information or to register visit here or call, 1-888-244-6714.  

The Presbytery Assembly in August (August 7-8) will begin with a “Staycation” at Highlands. Watch for upcoming details but be ready to join women, men and children for a special time that will include a program led by Tim Mooney, author of Like a Child, family activities and an evening campfire for all.  Saturday, August 8, will include the stated meeting of the Presbytery as well as continued activities.  Don’t miss this time together with the whole “presbytery family!”  Remember, too, that November 13 – 14 are the days for Leadership Retreat with Corey Schlosser-Hall.  You will want to plan to attend that time as well.  

The Untamed Mind of Christ is an experiential wilderness immersion designed to help Christian men encounter, explore and embody the four facets of our innate human wholeness, the image of God, and the Christ nature in our journey to becoming fully human.  To be held August 14 – 16 at Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge in Grand Lake, its cost is $520, which includes guide fees, lodging and meals for three days and two nights.  The guides are Dr. Brian Stafford and Associate Pastor at Grace Church, the Rev. Matt Syrdal.  You can obtain more information by calling 303-548-0823, going to the website www.Eco-Psyche-Artistry.com or speaking with Matt Syrdal.